Saba M. Shahid is the CSO, or Chief Smiling Officer, and President of The Art Cart. She has a master’s degree in biomedical science from Quinnipiac University. Saba combined her passion for medicine and art to establish The Art Cart’s Smile Through Art workshop curriculum with the goal of spreading smiles and healing through creativity and movement to every person with Parkinson’s disease she has the privilege of interacting with. Saba saw the need for introducing a curriculum to help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their handwriting and that is when the Let’s Combat Micrographia curriculum was developed. The first edition of Let’s Combat Micrographia was published in 2016.
Since 2014, Saba and her team have worked internationally to help thousands of people living with Parkinson’s disease regain confidence in their abilities and learn to live better with Parkinson’s disease through both the Smile Through Art curriculum and the Let’s Combat Micrographia curriculum.
Saba is also an adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College. She currently serves on the board of the American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter and works with several other Parkinson’s organizations.
Saba and her husband, Chad Moir, also own and operate DopaFit, a Parkinson’s specific Movement Center, that provides several different types of exercise therapies including but not limited to boxing and high intensity interval training for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
DopaFit, a Parkinson’s Movement Program that specializes in research and evidence based exercise for people living with Parkinson’s. DopaFit has locations throughout Massachusetts. Chad is Rock Steady Boxing, PWR! Moves, and Delay the Disease certified. He also has continuing education credits in Parkinson’s Fitness through the International Sports Science Association. Chad is the co-founder and Chief Fitness Officer for The Art Cart. He is a Parkinson’s Public Policy Advocate and lobbies at the White House every year to make issues of Parkinson’s disease known to State officials throughout the United States. Chad studied Public Health at American International College and devotes time to give back to the Western Massachusetts community by working with several aging population organizations and inner-city youth organizations through a curriculum of programs he has developed benefiting each.